Third Friday in Galion finale bigger and better

Come downtown Friday for free food, fun and local entertainment

GALION — The final Third Friday in Galion event kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

And it promises to be bigger and better than the first three.

Not only will the Stuff the Bus campaign be finalized, but musical entertainment includes three local acts who will serenade and entertain visitors to the Historic Uptowne Galion area.

Visit the Third Friday in Galion Facebook page for more information.

Avita’s Galion Hospital also has gotten into the swing of the TFIG activities and will be cooking a hog and giving away free pulled pork sandwiches, starting at 4:30 and lasting until the meat well runs dry.

“I’m thrilled with the way these have gone,” said Miranda Jones of the Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce, who came up with the idea and has organized each of the events during the summer. “It’s been a success. The idea was go get more people to come to the downtown area to see what there is to do. We’ve certainly done that.

“It seems we’re getting more people involved each month.”

Jones said she has been overwhelmed with the support for the Stuff the Bus campaign, which is meant to help supply teachers and families with school supplies for students.

“The ‘Leader in Me’ kids from Galion Primary School are going to be here and they’ll be sorting the items as they come in and putting them in different boxes.

Half of the collected items will go to the Galion PTO. A quarter of the collected items will go to Galion St. Joseph School and the other quarter to the Galion Ministerial Association. Eventually they will go to teachers and families who can use a little help getting items throughout the year.

“The response from people in Galion has been fantastic,” Jones said. “The need isn’t just in August, so by giving some of the stuff to teachers, they can go into a closet, and if a students is in need of pencils or whatever, they’ll be there for them … and the kids.”

With the Bratwurst Festival in Bucyrus and the Blueberry Festival going on in Lexington this weekend, Jones was anxious about what kind of crowd to expect Frday.

“The call from Avita was unexpected, but that’s going to be great,” she said. “it’s hard to compete with bratwursts and bilberries, but on Friday we’ve got free hot dogs on the square (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., courtesy First Federal of Galion) and then the free roast pork in the evening. We can’t do any better than that.”

Friday’s entertainment includes a local student band called “Common Thread” at 4:30 p.m. The group includes Curtiss Porter of Galion and others at the Richland School or Performing Arts. They were scheduled to perform at the initial TFIG event, but that outing was cancelled because of bad weather. To read more about Common Thread, you can visit the band’s Facebook page.

The Galion Area Band will play at 5:30 p.m. They’ve been a regular at each of the Third Friday events.

“They always have a good following,” Jones said.

And Galion’s Matty Monk will take to the stage at 6:30 p.m. To learn more about Monk, who also will play Friday evening at 1803 Taproom, visit the taproom’s Facebook page.

Also, Galion resident and Colonel Crawford student Ken Fernandez will have an area on hand dedicated to his food drive. Fernandez, as part of his Eagle Scout requirements, is helping to fill food banks in Galion, Bucyrus and Crestline. His goal is 100 bags of non-perishable food by the end of September. Drop off some goods at his table and you’ll receive a ticket for a drawing later in the evening.

Read more about the food drive online at the Galion Inquirer.

By Russ Kent

Galion Inquirer

Russ Kent is editor of the Galion Inquirer. Email him with comments or story ideas at [email protected]